Is there a memory bloat issue with ubuntu library compilation?

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Sat Nov 6 19:24:26 UTC 2004

On Sat, Nov 06, 2004 at 02:23:31PM +0100, Miravlix wrote:

> Doing some test with slackware and gentoo, I see a 50% memory usage
> difference between those and ubuntu.
> Firefox on Slackware/Gentoo uses 41MB total memory, on ubuntu it's 89MB
> when freshly started.
> Since the other distributions isn't compiled for optimal memory usage,
> I'm wondering if something isn't being done wrong with the compilation
> of ubuntu library packages to create this huge difference.

This is ubuntu-users material, so following up there.

A good rule of thumb for memory management on Linux systems is to start to
worry about memory usage when you find that programs you want to use are
paged out to disk.  You can't determine very much about actual memory
consumption from the numbers that ps or top give you.

 - mdz

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